Mini Sweet Potato Pies

Sweet potato pie topped with italian meringue

Sweet potatoes have become a staple in my house as of late.

My daughter (6 months) has just started down the journey of solid foods, so it’s veggie central in my kitchen. We have squashes, pumpkins, broccoli, avocados, apples, carrots…you name it, she’s tried it. A lot of people start their babies on purees before solid food but my girl is not about that life. Something about the mushy texture of puree, she’s not a big fan.

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Sweet potato pie topped with italian meringue

So we’re following a method called Baby Led Weaning. The concept is basically that they eat what you eat. For example, instead of carrot puree, she gets a steamed carrot stick that she can munch and suck on and figure out how to eat in her own time. And let me tell you she loves it. She goes IN on some roasted broccoli, it’s hilarious.

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Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potato pie topped with italian meringue

Because of all this newfound baby veggie time, we’ve had our hands on more sweet potatoes than we usually keep around. It’s not that I don’t normally like sweet potatoes, I love them. They’re loaded with Vitamin A, rich in beta-carotene and so delicious. But with my husband’s Irish background, I have a hard time getting anything on the table besides good old Idaho’s without some sort of protest.

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So it was funny when I was approached about making Sweet Potato Pie with Italian Meringue for Colavita’s Live Cooking Show on Facebook and Instagram. Perfect! I’ve got tons of sweet potatoes lying around!

Sweet potato pie topped with italian meringue

Now, Colavita is an Italian olive oil company, so they make their pie crust with olive oil instead of butter. I can tell you I was a bit hesitant to try it but I was quickly converted! It’s delicious! Different, but totally yummy and still nice and flaky like you get with butter. You can find the recipe for the Olive Oil Pie Crust here. If you’d like an all butter crust, grab the recipe here.

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Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie reminds me of my all time favorite, Pumpkin Pie. They are both (believe it or not) custard pies, that are set with egg. Sweet potato pie is smooth, creamy, slightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg but the shining star is the sweet potato. It’s a delicious treat for dessert (or breakfast!).

Sweet potato pie topped with italian meringue

We thought we would shake it up a bit and make mini pies. Now that the US is settling back into quarantine, we have less need for bigger pies for a crowd and more use for little guys for the family. Make a bunch and go drop them at friend’s houses as a little “Thinking of You Gift”. We have to do what we can to stay close as the winter closes in and we’re forced to stay indoors.

Chef Tips:

  • After you’ve cooked and mashed the sweet potatoes, run them through a fine mesh strainer to really push out all the lumps.
  • The meringue can be a bit finicky but if you cook the sugar to the soft ball stage you should be good! Use a candy thermometer or use the bubbles to gauge when it’s time to pour into the egg whites. When the bubbles get large before popping then the sugar is ready.
  • Use a piping bag to get a nice perky mound on top of each pie, and the back of a spoon to swirl it up and around.
Sweet potato pie topped with italian meringue
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Mini Sweet Potato Pies with Italian Meringue


  • Author: Melissa-Smith
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 mini pies or 1 9″ pie 1x

Description

These mini Sweet Potato Pies are perfect for a holiday gift for friends and family. Topped with Italian Meringue, they are smooth, creamy and perfectly sweet.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled (about 1 3/4 pounds)
  • 5 tablespoons butter, at room temperature

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 3/4 teaspoons freshly ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 large egg

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder

  • ¼ cup evaporated milk

Italian Meringue

  • 4 ounces egg whites
  • 5 tablespoons sugar

  • ¾ cup sugar


Instructions

  1. Line a cupcake tin with Olive Oil Pie Crust.
  2. For the meringue, place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer bowl fitted with the whisk attachment. 

Notes

Use mini pie tins or a cupcake pan to make individual pies. You can also use this recipe to get a 9″ pie.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Pie
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: thanksgiving, pie, recipes, vegetable, sweet potato, fall recipe, dessert recipe, meringue, italian meringue

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